Typojanchi 2013
Seoul International Typography Biennale

August 30–October 11
10:00 am– 7:00 pm
Closed every Monday
Free admission

Culture Station Seoul 284
1 Tongil-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul 100-162, Korea
T. 82-2-3407-3500
F. 82-2-3407-3510


Hosted by
Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism

Organized by
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
Korean Society of Typography


Typojanchi 2013
Administration Office
Korea Craft & Design Foundation
5F, 53 Yulgok-no, Jongno-gu
Seoul 110-240, Korea
T. 82-2-398-7945
F. 82-2-398-7999
E. typojanchi@kcdf.kr

Typojanchi 2011

Potential Literature Workbook
Offset lithography, sewn in sections, cover
10.8 x 17.8 cm, 248 pp
Edited by Kim Nui Yeon
Designed by Jeon Yong-wan

Seoul: Workroom Specter

Nam Juong Sin
Editor, Korea

Son Yee Won
Translator, Korea

Jung In Kyio
Poet, Korea

Potential Literature Workbook by Nam Juong Sin, Son Yee Won and Jung In Kyio has been made as a research project of Typojanchi 2013, focusing on the work of OuLiPo: the “workshop of potential literature” founded in France in the 1960s. The OuLiPo group, including such familiar names as Georges Perec, Raymond Queneau, Italo Calvino and Marcel Duchamp, initiated unique and important experiments in the context of modern French literature, yet the work has rarely been discussed in Korea.

Consisting of writers and mathematicians, the OuLiPo group used “constraints” as a literary device. They embraced mathematics, science and biology, attempting to liberate the text previously bound to quotidian functions, to discover its new literary potentials. The constraints, which may seem limiting for creative work, were turned to a limitless creative tool available to everyone, ironically by virtue of their clear regularity.

This book consists of two parts: the first part presents writing exercises inspired by the Oulipian techniques, adapted to the Korean syntax, with detailed discussions on the used constraints. The second part contains introductory materials to OuLiPo, including some fresh translations of their pivotal essays.


Courtesy: the artist

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